November 25, 2011 |
In the video to Pitbull's latest chart-topper, "Give Me Everything," he pours a glass of Voli vodka, careful to display the label; in the lyrics and video for his single, "Rain Over Me," he hails the vodka as the new "it" drink. In both clips, the bottle takes center stage as the rapper is swarmed by flashing neon lights, svelte models and crooning pop wingmen. Name-check references to the high life of liquor or drugs is nothing new to rap — a study released just weeks ago from the University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth University found that for every hour that American teens listen to music, they hear more than three references to brand-name alcohol in rap/R&B/hip-hop lyrics.
December 27, 2012 |
Is Miley Cyrus married? That's the question being asked after the pop star -- who's been engaged to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth since last summer -- tweeted a photo on Christmas in which she appears to be wearing what might be a wedding band. (This is what we in the business call a slow news week, folks.) Far more interesting than any potential nuptials, Cyrus also posted a new video to her YouTube account, the latest chapter in her ongoing "Backyard Sessions" performance series.
August 28, 2003 |
The Neptunes, the red-hot production duo that has helped shape hits for such stars as Nelly and Justin Timberlake, entered the national sales chart with their own album Wednesday. "The Neptunes Present 'The Clones' " features the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) working with a variety of hip-hop artists, including Busta Rhymes and Jay-Z, on 18 tracks. The album sold 249,000 copies in its first week in the stores to claim No.
March 7, 2013
Like a snippet of a hit song in one of their fast-moving disc jockey sets, the dance-music megastars of Swedish House Mafia are leaving us almost as soon as they arrived. The Stockholm trio — which started affecting Top 40 charts in 2010 with the Pharrell Williams collaboration "One" — will launch its so-called One Last Tour, a global trek scheduled to play the 35,000-capacity Los Angeles State Historic Park next March. You can understand the group's early retirement as a going-out-on-top maneuver.
December 6, 2012 |
Demi Moore had a rather wild night Wednesday in Miami, getting her party on in a little gray romper and black specs at a beachside barbecue also attended by Lenny Kravitz and Stacy Kiebler, to name a few. In the mix as well: Moore's rumored new boy toy, art dealer Vito Schnabel, the 26-year-old son of artist and director Julian Schnabel. Possibly fueled by the empty cans of Red Bull seen around her in numerous photographs, the 50-year-old Moore was grinding in her seat, dancing and posing for the camera, mugging happily with Kravitz and Kiebler but not getting snapped in the same frame with Schnabel.
October 25, 2012 |
Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" has received no shortage of media attention since its release on Monday, including rave reviews in Rolling Stone , Pitchfork and SPIN , and an in-depth feature by The Times' August Brown. When best-of-2012 lists start rolling out toward the end of next month, don't be surprised to find the album near the top of quite a few. If the Compton rapper's verbal skills are now a matter of critical consensus , though, the sound of "good kid, m.A.A.d city" hasn't quite triggered the same response.
June 24, 2012 |
Daytime television has "The View. " Now YouTube has its own chatfest called "IMO. " The Web show, whose initials are recognizable as "In My Opinion" to those fluent in messaging shorthand, deals with dating, texting faux pas and other pressing topics relevant to teens and tweens. Its hosts are nearly as well known to these young viewers as ABC's Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg are to an older generation. Before taking her seat on "IMO's" canary yellow couch, 16-year-old Bethany Mota launched a YouTube channel that has attracted nearly 85 million views of her fashion and beauty tips.
January 10, 2013 |
Destiny's Child has announced the release of "Nuclear," the first new recording in eight years from the trio of Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The song will be included as the sole new track on “Destiny's Child -- Love Songs,” a compilation of mostly quiet storm jams described in the press release as “the most sensual romantic recordings from the bestselling vocal group.” The collection will arrive on Jan. 29. The release of “Nuclear,” produced by Pharrell Williams, doesn't necessarily signal anything bigger on the horizon for Destiny's Child. Beyoncé, the most successful of the group's three singers, has been taking time off from music to care for her and husband Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy, and preparing for the release of a new solo album, which could come as early as April.
October 22, 2012 |
Like a snippet of a hit song in one of their fast-moving DJ sets, the dance-music megastars of Swedish House Mafia are leaving us almost as soon as they arrived. On Nov. 16 the Stockholm trio - which started affecting Top 40 charts in 2010 with the Pharrell Williams collaboration "One" - will launch its so-called One Last Tour, a global trek scheduled to play the 35,000-capacity Los Angeles State Historic Park next March. You can understand the group's early retirement as a going-out-on-top maneuver.